The Spinners

♪ Making Love Out of Nothing At All (Air Supply, 1983) ♪

In Australian, British, Pop Rock, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on January 9, 2010 at 7:35 am

The Titanic of all love songs. The unsinkable serenade of the desperate. The most fervid that a power ballad can get. Sensitive and introspective, for sure, but also manic and hysterical, unrestrained and visceral, that’s “Making Love Out of Nothing At All”. The calm start leads to the ambitious end, which rolls all the highfalutin sentiments into one powerhouse song that only Air Supply can sing, and only Jim Steinman can write. It is impossible to forget this—those incredible lines and that stunning arrangement that could be the background music of a building about to collapse—a song that is meant to be sung in hell as a worship song, as memory of life on earth, as the wicca of all wiccas.  This is the reason why videokes are made and why they continue to sell. This is why Charice Pempengco, Arnel Pineda, and Sarah Geronimo were born. And this is why their vocal chords are genetically immune to breakage. Everyone wants to belt out, and this is just the perfect song to do it. Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and Meatloaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love” almost come close, but in an alternate universe, “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” is every emo heart’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the ballad of every man waiting for a short but tender squeeze in his groin, wishing for the great release he lovingly calls orgasm.

– Richard Bolisay

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